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Spirit in the Dark: A Religious History of Racial Aesthetics
By: Dr. Josef Sorett
Most of the major black literary and cultural movements of the twentieth century have been understood and interpreted as secular, secularizing and, at times, profane. In this book, Josef Sorett demonstrates that religion was actually a formidable force within these movements, animating and...Read more
Unequal City: Race, Schools and Perceptions of Injustice
By: Carla Shedd
Chicago has long struggled with racial residential segregation, high rates of poverty, and deepening class stratification, and it can be a challenging place for adolescents to grow up. Unequal City examines the ways in which Chicago’s most vulnerable residents navigate their neighborhoods, life...Read more
High Price: A Neuroscientist's Journey of Self-Discovery That Challenges Everything You Know About Drugs and Society
By: Dr. Carl Hart
A groundbreaking neuroscientist shares his story of growing up in one of Miami’s toughest neighborhoods and how it led him to his pioneering work in drug addiction. As a youth, Carl Hart didn't realize the value of school, studying just enough to keep him on the basketball team. At the same time,...Read more
Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and the Creation of Fusion
By: Kevin Fellezs
Birds of Fire brings overdue critical attention to fusion, a musical idiom that emerged as young musicians blended elements of jazz, rock, and funk in the late 1960s and 1970s. At the time, fusion was disparaged by jazz writers and ignored by rock critics. In the years since, it has come to be seen...Read more
EyeMinded: Living and Writing Contemporary Art
By: Kellie Jones
A daughter of the poets Hettie Jones and Amiri Baraka, Kellie Jones grew up immersed in a world of artists, musicians, and writers in Manhattan’s East Village and absorbed in black nationalist ideas about art, politics, and social justice across the river in Newark. The activist vision of art and...Read more
Infectious Fear: Politics, Disease, and the Health Effects of Segregation
By: Samuel Kelton Roberts Jr.
For most of the first half of the twentieth century, tuberculosis ranked among the top three causes of mortality among urban African Americans. Often afflicting an entire family or large segments of a neighborhood, the plague of TB was as mysterious as it was fatal. Samuel Kelton Roberts Jr...Read more
Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums
By: Mabel O. Wilson
Focusing on black Americans’ participation in world’s fairs, Emancipation expositions, and early black grassroots museums, Negro Building traces the evolution of black public history from the Civil War through the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Mabel O. Wilson gives voice to the figures that...Read more
Off the Book: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor
By: Sudhir A. Venkatesh
In this revelatory book, Sudhir Venkatesh takes us into Maquis Park, a poor black neighborhood on Chicago’s Southside, to explore the desperate, dangerous, and remarkable ways in which a community survives. We find there an entire world of unregulated, unreported, and untaxed work, a system of...Read more
Harlem Nocturne: Women Artists and Progressive Politics During World War II
By: Dr. Farah Jasmine Griffin
As World War II raged overseas, Harlem witnessed a battle of its own. Brimming with creative and political energy, Harlem’s diverse array of artists and activists launched a bold cultural offensive aimed at winning democracy for all Americans, regardless of race or gender. In Harlem Nocturne ,...Read more